The idea for SHARE Fair first came to me from two places. Emily, a friend of mine, hosted a wonderful birthday party where she asked each of us to bring something to teach her. It was beautiful to see that room full of friends-of-friends, learning everything from silly card tricks to astrophysics. Everyone was so eager to learn each new thing, so excited for their own turn to share their knowledge.
I was reminded of Thinking Day, a holiday celebrated by the Girl Scouts. Once a year in a school cafeteria, the older girls put together tables for the younger troops, with information and activities on an assigned topic. The joy and fun of putting together and presenting a table to each new wave of younger girls made a much bigger impression on me than being a passive participant had, and I’ve already written here about how empowering it was to realize the content had been created by girls just like me.
SHARE Fair is a Thinking Day for social justice, with the goal of capturing the spirit of joy from that birthday party. It is an activist skillshare devoted to fun and community-building. The Fair is coming up this weekend. I wrote this post to encourage you to attend and to reflect on what this adventure has meant to me. Regarding that first goal:
What: SHARE Fair 2013
When: Saturday, September 21, 1:30-5pm (potluck at the Blue Parka 5:30-8pm)
Where: Auditorium of St. Stephen’s Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, Washington DC
Why: Activism, skills, friends, fun (and at the potluck: food!)
For more info: See the facebook event!